Another reason to bring a solid camera with you on your gap year program. On their way to Thailand, Maddie, Leo, and Michael stopped over at the beach for a while before heading out to the airport and their long haul to Bangkok. We love seeing their excitement as they step up for another incredible semester abroad learning crazy new skills.
Thinking about doing a gap year with us?
Don’t wait! Our programs sell out quickly. This year we had to turn people away at the door and it did not feel good. We don’t want you to miss out on one of the most pivotal moments in your life. A gap year is an incredibly rare opportunity, but it takes planning, and that’s what we’re here for.
Our gap year programs, semester abroad programs, and summer abroad programs are about preparing you for your whole life. Not just one tiny piece of it.
It’s not just about becoming an amazing traveler, backpacker, adventurer, which of course you will. Or about finding the right, cool major, also probable. It’s about all of the opportunity that you unlock for yourself and for your entire life when you see the world and learn real skills to prepare you for who knows what will happen in your life.
You’ll learn life skills, adulting, as they say. How to sew, how to fish, how to cook and make a beautiful hotel bed. How to be a self-sufficient person, and carry what you need on your back.
You’ll learn real leadership skills. What’s your leadership style? How do you respond to criticism and negative feedback — positive feedback? How do you encourage others to live up to a higher standard?
You’ll learn how to survive in the wild, get certified in scuba diving and thai massage, lead a dance team, travel solo, drink wine and know if it’s even any good.
If this is starting to sound like the best gap year ever, then yes, you should apply right away. The application is easy, and you don’t have to finish it all at once. We can get all the passport stuff later. We’ll go through every detail of what you need to prepare for your gap year as part of our enrollment and onboarding process for our gap year, semester, and summer programs. Anything that needs working on we’ll make sure you know about as soon as possible.
Travel visas for your gap year, risk management training for your independent study projects, packing lists for backpacking in Europe, Asia, and the American wilderness. We help you do all of these things, so you’re not out in the middle of some foreign country, flailing.
Our Field Advisors will be your mentors. They’ve been through this before. A lot of us think we’re pretty good at communicating. The truth is we’re not. We have to learn. We all need practice listening, leading, persuading, consolidating, compromising.
Our gap year programs are all built on cohort models. You need to learn to live in community in order to know how leadership works, how being a follower of a good idea can be incredibly powerful, and take your peers to the next level. How to help.
But you’re not together all the time. Each trimester, you’ll do an independent study project on your gap year. For the first two, we give you a bunch of choices. After that, we set you up with support and months of planning to make your totally solo time an amazing and valuable experience.
You’ll come back with a totally different perspective on the world. You may be the same you, but you’ll be way more excited, motivated, and ready to jump into using the skills you’ll need for the rest of your life!